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Baseball Coaching Staff
George Horton
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Cal State Fullerton
Graduating Year: 1978
Experience: 3 Years
Email: baseball@uoregon.edu

In seven seasons at the University of Oregon, George Horton has resurrected a dormant Ducks’ baseball program and built it into a national power. Entering his eighth season with the Ducks, Horton carries a 261-169-1 record (.607) and has led Oregon to the postseason five teams, including each of the last four seasons. Horton, hired in September 2007, is the Ducks’ 12th baseball coach in school history and its first since the program was discontinued following the 1981 season. Overall, Horton has a 977-434-2 record (.692) as a head coach and a record of 751-381-2 (.663) in 18 seasons as a Division I head coach.

Under Horton, Oregon made its first modern-era NCAA appearance in just its second season of existence, playing in the NCAA Regionals in 2010. The Ducks topped that effort in 2012, advancing to their first Super Regional and finishing just one win shy of advancing to the College World Series. The successful season by Oregon landed Horton the 2012 Field Turf NCAA Division I Coach of the Year award. UO reached the NCAA Regionals in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning a school-record 48 games in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, Oregon was just one of eight teams to win 40-plus games in all three seasons. Horton has won at least 40 games in 11 different seasons, including a pair of 50-win seasons. The Ducks came up just shy of the 40-win mark in 2015, but still boasted 38 wins and reached the NCAA tournament after winning 14 of their last 18 games and nine of their last 10 – including a series win over No. 2 UCLA – to earn an at-large bid.

While at Oregon, Horton has coached three players to four All-America selections (Tyler Anderson - 2011, Ryon Healy - 2013 and Jimmie Sherfy – 2013 and 2014), 33 all-conference players, six collegiate national team players and 35 Major League Baseball draft picks. Pitcher Tyler Anderson, drafted in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, was the highest Duck taken in the new era of Oregon baseball. Additionally, the Ducks have had one second-round pick (Madison Boer - 2011), two third-round picks (Garrett Cleavinger - 2015 and Healy - 2013), one fourth-round pick (Josh Graham - 2015) and two fifth-round picks (Scott McGough - 2011 and Jake Reed - 2014).

Prior to Oregon, Horton spent 11 seasons at the helm of national power Cal State Fullerton and led the Titans to the 2004 National Championship. Overall, Horton posted a record of 490-212-1 (.698) with the Titans, and oversaw six appearances in the College World Series, including back-to-back berths (2003 and 2004, 2006 and 2007). He was named National Coach of the Year by Baseball America in 2003, and garnered the ABCA and Collegiate Baseball National awards following his squad’s title run in 2004. He was also a five-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year. Before taking the reigns at CSF, Horton worked for six years as an assistant coach for the Titans under legendary college baseball coach Augie Garrido before succeeding him 1997.

Horton also served six years as the head coach at Cerritos College before joining the Titans’ staff, compiling a junior college record of 226-53 (.810) from 1985-90.

Horton, who is one of nine men to have appeared in Omaha as a player (1975) and a head coach, has seen 120 players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft over his 18 years as a Division I head coach. Of that number, 20 have ascended to the Major Leagues. The most notable among that group include Chad Cordero (Montreal, 2003), Khris Davis (2013, Milwaukee), Reed Johnson (Toronto, 2003), Mark Kotsay (Chicago White Sox, 2006), Mike Lamb (Texas, 2000), Phil Nevin (Houston, 1995), Aaron Rowand (San Francisco, 2006), Kurt Suzuki (Oakland, 2007) and Justin Turner (Baltimore, 2009). In 2015, pitcher Scott McGough became the first Duck of the new era of Oregon baseball to reach the Major Leagues when he was called up to the Miami Marlins in late August.

In addition to the players who have gone on to play at the professional level, Horton has also had 55 former players, including five current Division I head coaches, who have landed coaching jobs at various levels.

Horton has also coached 21 players that have competed for the U.S. National Team. Six of those have come from Horton’s Oregon teams, with pitcher Stephen Nogosek becoming the latest to don the red, white and blue. Horton was a member of the U.S. coaching staff in 2012.

Horton was a player on the Cerritos College teams in 1972 and 1973. As the Falcons’ team captain in 1973, he won the Dallas Moon Award and was a member of the state championship team. Horton played two seasons for Garrido at Cal State Fullerton in 1975 and 1976 and earned All-PCAA honors as both a junior and a senior. He was on the first Fullerton team to go to the College World Series in 1975.

 In 1994, Horton was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the Downey High School Hall of Fame in May of 2003 and was honored in 2005 with the Orange County Manager of the Year Award, given by the Orange Coast Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management. In October 2013, Horton was inducted into the Cal State Fullerton Hall of Fame as part of the 1995 team.

Horton earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in 1978 and a master’s from Cal Lutheran in 1980. He and his wife, Francie, have four daughters: Michele, Heather, Loyal and Rebecca, seven granddaughters: Angelica, Alyssa, Kailey, Kendall, Samantha, Calise and Dakoda, and one grandson: Joseph.

HORTON'S CAREER COACHING RECORD

Head Coach
University of Oregon (2009-present)

Year

Record

Pct.

Conference

Postseason

Championship

2015

2014

2013

37-24

44-20

48-16

.607

.688

.750

16-14 (6th)

18-12 (4th)

22-8 (2nd)

Regional

Regional

Regional

   

2012

46-19

.708

19-11 (3rd)

Super Regional

   

2011

33-26-1

.559

11-16 (8th)

     

2010

40-24

.625

13-14 (T-5th)

Regional

   

2009

13-40

.325

4-23 (10th)

     

Coaching Honors: Field Turf 2012 Division I Coach of the Year

All-Americans: 4
All-Conference Players: 33
First Team All-Conference Players: 14
All-Conference Academic: 23
Collegiate National Team: 6
First Round Draft Picks: 1
Total Drafted: 30

Head Coach
Cal State Fullerton (1997-2007)

Year

Record

Pct.

Conference

Postseason

Championship

2007

38-25

.603

10-11 (5th)

College World Series

 

2006

50-15

.769

18-3 (1st)

College World Series

Big West Conference

2005

46-18

.719

16-5 (1st)

Super Regional

Big West Conference

2004

47-22

.681

19-2 (1st)

College World Series

Big West Conference, NCAA CWS

2003

50-16

.758

15-6 (2nd) 

College World Series

 

2002

37-22

.627

14-10 (T-4th)

NCAA Regional

 

2001

48-18

.727

14-4 (1st)

College World Series

Big West Conference

2000

38-21

.644

21-9 (T-1st)

Regional

Co-Big West Conference

1999

50-14

.781

25-5 (1st)

College World Series

Big West Conference

1998

47-17

.719

 25-5 (1st-S.) 

Regional

Big West Conference- South

1997

39-24-1

.617

21-9 (2nd-S)

Regional

Big West Conference

 

Coaching Honors: Big West Conference Coach of the Year: 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; Baseball America Coach of the Year (2003) Collegiate Baseball Coach of the Year (2004), ABCA National Coach of the Year (2004).
All-Americans: 21
Academic All-Americans: 3
National Players of the Year: 2
Conference Players of the Year: 5
Conference Pitchers of the Year: 6
Conference Coach of the Year: 5
First Team All-Conference Players: 47    
Collegiate National Team: 11
Player in the Major Leagues: 19
First Round Draft Picks: 3
Draft Picks: 85

Assistant Coach
Cal State Fullerton (1991-96)

Year

Record

Pct.

Conference

Postseason

Championship

1996

45-16

.738

13-8 (4th)

   

1995

57-9 

.864

18-3 (1st)

College World Series

Big West Conference, NCAA CWS

1994

47-16

.763

15-5 (T-1)  

College World Series

Tri-Big West Conference

1993

35-19

.648

16-5 (2nd)  

Regional

 

1992

46-17

.730

17-7 (2nd) 

College World Series

NCAA Runner-Up

1991

34-22

.607

15-6 (T-1) 

 

Co-Big West Conference


All-Americans: 21
National Players of the Year: 2
Golden Spikes Award Winners: 2
Conference Players of the Year: 4
Conference Pitchers of the Year: 3
First Team All-Conference Players: 23
Collegiate National Team: 5
Player in the Major Leagues: 8
First Round Draft Picks: 3
Draft Picks: 37

Head Coach
Cerritos College (1985-90)

Year

Record

Pct.

Conference

Postseason

Championship

1990

36-7

837

19-1

 

South Coast Conference

1989

43-9

827

15-5

 

Co-South Coast, Southern California, State

1988

38-13

745

15-6

 

Co-South Coast, Southern California

1987

46-5

902

18-3

 

Co-South Coast, Southern California, State

1986

24-14

632

14-10

   

1985

39-5

886

21-3

 

Co-South Coast, Southern California, State


Coaching Honors: South Coast Conference Coach of the Year: 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990; National Junior College Coach of the Year: 1985, 1987, 1989; CCCBCA Coach of the Year: 1990
All-Americans: 15
Conference Players of the Year: 3
First Team All-Conference Players: 30
All-Conference Players: 46
Player in the Major Leagues: 10
Draft Picks: 18

MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS

Cal State Fullerton
Brent Billingsley
Frank Charles
Chad Cordero
Shane Costa
Blake Davis
Jordan De Jong
Jeremy Giambi
Bret Hemphill
Adam Johnson
Reed Johnson
Mark Kotsay
Mike Lamb
Wes Littleton

Brian Loyd
Dan Naulty
Phil Nevin
Vinny Pestano
Brett Pill
Dante Powell
Erasmo Ramirez
Ricky Romero
Mike Rouse
Aaron Rowand
Kirk Saarloss
Justin Turner
Steve Sisco
Kurt Suzuki
Jason Windsor
Matt Wise

Cerritos College
Joel Adamson
Bret Barberie
Mike Benjamin
Brian Hunter
Quinn Mack
Ever Magallanes
Dan Naulty
Al Osuna
Dan Patterson
Craig Worthington

L.A. Valley
Doug Baker

Oregon
Scott McGough